Charities hit hard as Community Funding Decreases

posted 08.01.2013

With charities and community groups continuing to struggle with cuts to their funding the latest news will do little to uplift their new year. According to a major report from 2012, compiled by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), the number of people donating to charity has decreased as well as the amounts donated.

The report which is based on a survey of over 3,000 people by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), showed that during 2011/12 the UK gave £9.3bn to charity which is a drop from £11bn in 2010/2011. The cash drop of £1.7bn is the largest decrease in the survey?s 8 year history.

The average amount a person gave in 2012 fell from £11 to £10 per month, which was down further on the average for 2009/2010 which was £12 a month.

Key findings include:

  • Total donations fell by 15% in cash terms and 20% in real terms (i.e. adjusted for inflation) between 2010/11 and 2011/12.

  • Estimated total donations to charity were £9.3bn, down £1.7bn on 2010/11 in cash terms and £2.3bn in real terms (i.e. adjusted for inflation).

  • The proportion of people donating to charitable causes in a typical month fell from 58% to 55% in the past year.

  • The average (median) amount given per donor in a typical month fell from £11 in 2010/11 to £10 in 2011/2012.

  • 28.4 million people gave to charity, more than half of all UK adults.

  • Medical research, hospitals and hospices, and children and young people are the most popular causes among donors, but religious causes received the largest average donations.

  • Women continue to be more likely to give to charity than men, with 58% of women giving to charity in a typical month compared with 52% of men.

  • Cash is the most common form of giving (over 50%) in 2011/2012. Direct debit accounts for 31% of the total amount donated, an increase of 6% from 2010/2011.

Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) said: "I am very worried that fewer people are giving to charity. Charities are already being squeezed by greater needs, cuts in funding and rising costs.?

"I know people want to help when they can and I know that they can make a difference. If I could ask one thing, I?d ask people to commit to regular donations through direct debit, and give using Gift Aid, so charities can plan properly. We cannot afford to lose the services charities provide."

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Category: community, general, Paul Jones